Kitty Chat Issue #004
October 31st, 2008

Hello and a very warm welcome to Kitty Chat, the monthly ezine from cat-behavior-explained.com. Welcome back, if you've read the previous editions. If this is the first time you've seen Kitty Chat, you'll find useful tips and advice on caring for your cat, articles, things to give you a laugh and questions and answers about the weird and wonderful behavior of our fabulous feline friends.

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Contents

1. What's new on the Cat Behavior Explained website
2. Priscilla's Column
3. Article - Cat Eyes. What do Cats See?
4. Why do cats...?
5. Just for laughs


1. What's New?

Well I took the plunge three weeks ago and got a new kitten! I'd procrastinated for months about getting one - my biggest concern was how my cat Priscilla would react - but I needn't have worried. She'll tell you more about it herself in her column below.

I've started a section on the website called Pictures of Cats. I realised I had many pictures of cats - my own, friends' and family's cats, as well as some I'd found on the Internet, and I know how much cat lovers enjoy cat pictures. I've tried to think up suitable captions to put with each picture - hope you like them! Here are some of the pages (I'll be adding more over time):

Funny Cats
Cats. Funny Pictures!
Pictures of Kittens

I'm also adding to the Domestic Cat Breeds section of the website, as I've had a number of people asking for information on breeds I currently haven't written about. I've added the Manx cat and Norwegian Forest cat so far, but intend to add a lot more breeds next month.

I've also added a page on cat worms in the Cat Health section - again because I've had a number of people emailing me to ask about this.

If there's anything you'd like me to write about on the website that I haven't done so far, please feel free to contact me via the form on the website - I'm keen on writing about things people actually want to know / read about, so any suggestions are very much appreciated.


2. Priscilla's Column

Hello! If you're new to this newsletter, let me introduce myself. I'm Priscilla, the real brains behind the Cat Behavior Explained website. My mummy writes it, but she'd never manage it without my help. If you've read my column before, hello again!

Well, I've got a brand new baby brother! Mummy decided I might like some feline company, so she went to the kitten shop and bought me one! We've called him Terry. Here's a picture of me and him eating our dinner (well it's his dinner actually but let's not split hairs...)

Mummy was worried I might not like him, and thought I might get jealous, but she was wrong (humans are so dumb sometimes.) There's loads of advantages of having him here -

  • I've got someone to play with
  • I can pinch his kitten food which tastes much nicer than mine
  • Mummy's bought him a lot of new toys that I get to play with too
  • I'm much bigger than him so I'm still the boss!

Mummy tried to stop me eating his food by putting it in a small, narrow bowl that she said I wouldn't be able to get my "fat face" into (charming...) I got round that particular problem in about 2 seconds - I just stick my paws into the bowl and flick the food out all over the floor. As I said earlier, humans can be so dumb...

I'm off to play with my brother now! See you next month!


3. Cat Eyes. What Do Cats See?

To read this article, please click here


4. Why Do Cats..?

Why does my cat wash himself straight after I've petted him, in the spot where I petted him?

There are two theories for this. Often the most commonly accepted one is that the cat doesn't like the scent of the human on him, so he washes himself to get rid of the smell.

This would be in line with the theory that cats are perverse, and really only tolerate humans as "staff" whose sole purpose is to cater to their every whim.

I don't believe cats think like this at all, so I favor the second theory, which is that the cat likes your smell and is washing himself to prolong the pleasure of his association with you, and to deepen his bond with you. I think this is further backed up if you think cats will never eat anything they don't like the smell of, so if he hates your smell that much, why would he want to taste it even more?

Also, if a cat really hated your smell, he wouldn't allow himself to be petted by you in the first place. I can back this up with experience - Priscilla hates one of my perfumes and she won't let me anywhere near her if I've just sprayed it on!


5. Just For Laughs

I received this in an email a couple of weeks ago. It made me laugh - hope you like it too!

The Cat Survival Manual - Punishing Your Human Being

Sometimes, despite your best training efforts, your human will stubbornly resist bending to your whim. In these extreme circumstances, you may have to punish your human. Obvious punishments, such as scratching furniture or eating household plants, are likely to backfire - the unsophisticated humans are likely to misinterpret the activities and then try to discipline YOU. Instead, we offer these subtle but nonetheless effective alternatives:

  • Use the cat box during an important formal dinner
  • Stare impassively at your human while it is attempting a romantic interlude
  • Stand over an important piece of electronic equipment and feign a hairball attack
  • After your human has watched a particularly disturbing horror film, stand by the hall closet and then slowly back away, hissing and yowling
  • While your human is sleeping, lie on its face


<>, I really hope you've enjoyed this edition of Kitty Chat. I'd love to hear your feedback, comments and suggestions for future content, so please feel free to click on this link and contact me using the form.

Meow until next month!

Take care,

Liz.



 

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